Cardenio and Celinde (drama – translation)

Cardenio and Celinde is a baroque play about forsaken lovers and their attempts at revenge, until finally rejecting worldly ambition for piety.

Cardenio has fallen in love with Olympia, but she chooses another man.

Celinde has become smitten with Cardenio, but he only wants Olympia.

Andreas Gryphius, the critically-acclaimed, German poet and dramatist, tells the tragedy of a hedonist and seductress who are willing to disgrace, bribe, murder, consult witches and exhume the dead to achieve their ends.

In this first translation of the seventeenth-century classic, Henry Whittlesey has recreated the lyric structure, mostly iambic hexameter, of the original play.

Cardenio and Celinde is available online and at 1080.